Raimond Roger Trencavel, viscount of Carcassonne, Beziers, the Razes and Alby was
the most fascinating hero of Occitan independence. Alone, he stood against the rush of the Northern knights in 1209
during the crusade against the Cathars or Albigensians.
When he went to Montpellier and stood before the assembly of crusaders -presided over
by the papal legate- and was invited to chase the heretics and deliver them, Raimond Roger declared:
"I offer a town, a roof, a shelter, bread and my sword to all the persecuted people
who will soon be wandering in Provence, without a town, or roof, or place of refuge, or bread."*
The aim of the Trencavel Association is to rehabilitate and bring to the knowledge
of an International public (through documents, conferences, debates, exhibitions, shows and medias), the action of the Trencavel
family over the centuries and also that of the characters who relate to their story, and more particularly to recall the life
of its most famous member: Raimond Roger Trencavel -1185 -1209).
* Lily Devèze "History of the city of Carcassonne" (Lily DEVEZE Publications)